World Series of Fighting on Tuesday announced that it will hit The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, June 14. WSOF 3 is headlined by a welterweight rematch between Jon Fitch (24-5) and Josh Burkman (25-9). It airs live on NBC Sports Network, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
In the light heavyweight co-main event, hard-hitting, 27-year-old Tyrone Spong (1-0), a decorated champion and veteran of 77 professional kickboxing bouts, will make his much-anticipated second start under MMA rules against fellow knockout artist Angel DeAnda (11-2). DeAnda has scored knockouts in 10 of his 11 career victories, including his last four starts.
Tickets, priced from $29 (plus applicable service fees), go on sale at noon PT on Friday, April 19, and will be available for purchase at Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.
“We are coming off a spectacular event showcasing some of the world’s greatest mixed martial arts athletes and up-and-coming talent of the sport and are looking forward to returning to Las Vegas with another outstanding night of world-class competition in the World Series of Fighting cage on NBC Sports Network,” said World Series of Fighting President and six-time world kickboxing champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo.
The second meeting between the 35-year-old Fitch, a member of San Jose, Calif.-based Team AKA, and the 32-year-old Burkman, a winner of four consecutive fights, comes slightly more than seven years after Fitch submitted Burkman with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their initial encounter, which also took place at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Fitch has since gone on to become one of the top-ranked 170 pound fighters in the world, defeating the likes of Thiago Alves, twice, as well as Diego Sanchez, Mike Pierce, Ben Saunders and Erick Silva and fighting all-time great B.J. Penn to a draw.
Burkman is coming off his second consecutive win under the World Series of Fighting banner, a highlight-reel, first-round TKO stoppage of Aaron Simpson in Atlantic City, N.J., on March 23. At the inaugural World Series of Fighting event last Nov. 3, Burkman earned a unanimous decision over Gerald Harris.
Also slated for battle on the four-bout TV card is heavyweight rising star and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rolles Gracie (8-1), who will face off with Dave Huckaba (21-4).
Undefeated prospect Justin Gaethje (8-0), fresh off a first round TKO stoppage of J.Z. Cavalcante at the World Series of Fighting event on March 23, will collide with Brian Cobb (20-7) in a lightweight contest. In his last effort at the first World Series of Fighting event, Cobb took a split decision over Ronys Torres.
In preliminary card action, battle-tested submission specialist John Gunderson (34-14) will be pitted against Dan Lauzon (16-4) in a lightweight scrap. All 16 of Lauzon’s professional career victories have come by way of knockout or submission.
Fellow undefeated prospects Krasimir Mladenov (8-0) and Kendrick Miree (5-0) will square off at middleweight.
Additional preliminary card bouts will be announced soon.
Doors at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will open at 4:30 p.m. PT and the first preliminary card bout will begin at 5 p.m.